Wednesday Word │February 26, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Allen County Public Library

Security Officer
Allen County Public Library

Teen and Adult Services Librarian I (part time)
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Supervisor Librarian
Indianapolis Public Library

If you would like your Indiana library job posting to be listed in the Wednesday Word, the position, and its description, must be submitted to the Indiana State Library. Click here for submission guidelines and to submit.

In the news

Indiana Library News

Is your library making news?

Leising meets with library reps
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

Sugar Creek library branch marks first anniversary
Hancock County Public Library

Handmade books petting zoo showcased in Wells Library
Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University 

Dubois Branch Library to host SBA “10 Steps to Start Your Business” workshop
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Museum satellite exhibit on display at local libraries
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Library’s Memory Project gives glimpse into early African American life in Howard County
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Library offers STEM challenges
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

33 organizations receive Operation RoundUp funding
Ohio County Public Library and Tyson Library

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State library blog


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Free training for librarians and library employees on LinkedIn Learning


Genealogy for Night Owls returns to Indiana State Library; Genealogy Fair date announced


The popular Genealogy for Night Owls research event returns to the Indiana State Library on Wednesday, April 22. The library will have extended hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., for this event. 

Genealogy for Night Owls features one-on-one consultations with representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, Palatines to America, professional genealogist Betty Warren and more.

Registration is free and is required by April 15. Register online here. Attendees do not need to create an events calendar profile to register for this event. 

The library has also announced Saturday, Oct. 24 as the date of the 2020 Genealogy and Local History Fair. Please visit the library's Events & Public Workshops page for more information as it becomes available. 

Please contact Jamie Dunn, supervisor of the Genealogy Division at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.

Tipton County Public Library to host NICCL roundtable


The Northern Indiana Computer Consortium for Libraries will hold its quarterly roundtable at the Tipton County Public Library in Tipton on March 13 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

NICCL invites like-minded library techies to attend in order to discuss current library happenings, share ideas from other libraries and to ask other attendees questions about technology issues. 

NICCL is an organization composed of member libraries that meet quarterly for training and for networking about anything technology based.

Attendees should send an RSVP to Rich Weiland. Lunch will be provided. The Tipton County Public Library is located at 127 E. Madison St. in Tipton.

Registration open for Leap Into Science 'Shadows & Light' workshops


Leap into Science, a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia, integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. In August 2019, approximately 90 Indiana library workers from nearly 40 Indiana public library systems learned how to incorporate science into programs for preschoolers, school age kids and families. Collectively, they’ve done, or plan to do, over 100 Leap into Science-based library programs as a result. Registration is now open for the next round of training.

The theme for this year’s program and kits is “Shadows & Light.” Participants will leave the training with the curriculum for "Shadows & Light"-based STEM workshops. Each library in attendance will also receive a kit of materials to support the curriculum. The free training is worth four LEUs for librarians. Those who attended the previous “Wind” training are not eligible to receive a “Shadows & Light" kit. However, online “Shadows & Light” training will be available, regardless of past training.

Because this program is grant funded, there are some important requirements that participants must commit to before registering, including limits on the number of librarians permitted from each library. Click here to read the requirements.

Training will take place at the following locations; click on the links to register: 

- April 13; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis; 12-4 p.m.
- April 20; Jennings County Public Library, North Vernon; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- April 27; Hammond Public Library, Hammond; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Time
- May 4; Terre Haute Children's Museum, Terre Haute; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Leap into Science is funded by National Science Foundation, and led by The Franklin Institute and The National Girls Collaborative Project.

Please contact Beth Yates, children's consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions about the Leap into Science program or the "Shadows & Light" workshops. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Presenting Data Effectively
When: March 4, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: March 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Wells County Public Library

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: March 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Owen County Public Library

What's Up Wednesday - Social Media: How many accounts do you really need?
When: March 25, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: March 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Bartholomew County Public Library

Storytime Bootcamp
When: March 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Bartholomew County Public Library

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: March 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: April 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Central Time
Where: Porter County Public Library

Government Information Minute

Welcome to the Government Information Minute. Every week, government information librarians at the Indiana State Library cover current resources on governmental data at the state, national and international levels, all to keep the public well-informed. Follow the Indiana State Data Center on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

2020 census invitations arrive next month


Lately, advertisements have been appearing for the 2020 census. These ads give details about why it’s important for Hoosiers to fill out the census in March. The current census advertising campaign has expanded in scope from previous years to reach all audiences. Learn more from the Census Bureau about the campaign here.

Census data shapes Indiana’s future. This data drives dollars for education, housing, health and public safety in Indiana. The data the Census Bureau gathers impacts strategic planning decisions about job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects. The U.S. Constitution mandates that census data is used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives. Legislative and school districts are determined using this data. Hoosiers are safe submitting information because the Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 to protect data. Information is kept confidential for 72 years and is not shared with anyone, even other government agencies.

The Census in Indiana website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions about the 2020 census. Click here to read important upcoming dates related to the 2020 census. Please contact the Indiana State Data Center at the Indiana State Library with any additional questions.  

Temporary permit FAQ


The Indiana State Library would like to answer some questions about temporary permit renewal for librarians. 

When should a temporary permit be renewed?
Temporary permits should be renewed one to two weeks before they expire.

What should be sent when a temporary permit is renewed?
A completed, signed and dated application form; a personal check or signed money order in the amount of $10 made payable to Indiana State Library; a statement of progress; and proof of having taken ten LEUs during the period of your temporary certificate.

What should the statement of progress say?
Those renewing their permits should include their name, date, name of their library employer and level of five-year certificate that they are working toward.

More detailed and in-depth information regarding permit renewal can be found on the library's certification web page under Renewals and Audits of LEU Participation, in the Certification Manual or in checklist form.

Please contact Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.